How to Waterproof Wood Legs


Having quality wood furniture to relax on while you enjoy your yard is something that many people enjoy. It's important to protect your investment of wood furniture, however. Wet conditions can destroy your lovely furniture if you do not take steps to make sure that the weather cannot ruin the wood. One thing that is especially vulnerable to water damage is the legs of chairs and tables. If water is allowed to seep into the end-grain of the wooden legs it can ruin the entire piece of furniture.

Step 1

Place a pie pan under every wooden leg to be protected.

Step 2

Place a nut in the pie pan and place the wooden leg on top of the nut in the pie pan (the nut places the wooden leg at the necessary elevation for soaking up the wood preservative).

Step 3

Pour enough preservative into the pie pans so that the entire bottom of the wooden legs are submerged in wood preservative.

Step 4

Allow the wooden legs to sit in the wood preservative overnight. Afterward, remove the legs from the pie pans and wipe off the excess preservative.

Step 5

Wipe down the wooden legs with a clean cloth to remove all dust and dirt.

Step 6

Apply the waterproofing sealant generously to the wooden legs with the paint brush. Brush in the same direction as the grain of wood.

Step 7

Apply the sealant to the bottoms of the wooden legs, especially. Wooden legs draw moisture up from the bottom and this moisture will eventually ruin wooden furniture. Apply several coats to ensure protection.

Step 8

Allow the sealant to dry for 24 hours before using the furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Waterproofing sealant
  • Plastic bucket
  • Nylon paint brush
  • Clean cloth
  • Wood preservative
  • Aluminum pie pans
  • Metal nuts

Who Can Help

  • Waterproofing Sealant
Keywords: Waterproof, Wood, Legs

About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.

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